The Texarkana, Texas City Council will meet for the final time in August at its meeting tonight beginning at 6PM at City Hall.Among the agenda items is a discussion on the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which will come up for a final vote in September. Also, the council will begin discussion on raising the speed limit on Galleria Oaks Drive.

Here is a thorough look at tonight's agenda:

Consent Items

1. Consider approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the City Council held on August 10, 2015 at 6PM.

Action Items 2. Resolution No. 2015-072 authorizing the City Manager to enter into a purchase agreement with Motorola Solutions through an inter-local agreement with Houston Galveston Area Council for the purchase and installation of public safety communications equipment utilizing the Texas Department of Public Safety statewide system in a total amount not to exceed ($1,150,000); authorizing the City Manager to enter into a 10-year maintenance agreement with Motorola Solutions for the purchased equipment not to exceed  ($480,000). Public Hearing: July 27, 2015, Second Briefing: August 10, 2015, Council Vote: August 24, 2015

First Briefings:

1. Ordinance No. 2015-089 amending the city's traffic register to establish a forty miles per hour (40 mph) speed limit on Galleria Oaks Drive between Robin Lane and Cowhorn Creek Road and amending the city's traffic register to establish a thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph) speed limit on Galleria Oaks Drive between Richmond Road and Robin Lane. Public Hearing: September 14, 2015, Second Briefing: September 28, 2015, Council Vote: October 12, 2015.

2. Resolution No. 2015-091 amending the boundaries of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1. Public Hearing: September 14, 2015, Second Briefing: September 28, 2015, Council Vote: October 12, 2015

3. Ordinance No. 2015-092 granting a specific use permit to allow a changeable electronic variable message sign (CEVMS) on an approximate 0.451 acre tract of land in the J.M. Goffe HRS, A-244, located at 3410 Moores Lane. Kelli Ashbrook, owner. Derrick McGary, agent. (Due to Planning and Zoning Commission denial, a 3/4 vote by the City Council is required to approve this request). Public Hearing: September 14, 2015, Second Briefing: September 28, 2015, Council Vote: October 12, 2015

4. Ordinance No. 2015-093 amending PD-07-03(O) for revision to the site plan to allow new signage that includes a changeable electronic variable message sign (CEVMS) on a 0.451 acre tract of land in the J.M. Goffe HRS, A-244, located at 3410 Moores Lane. Kelli Ashbrook, owner. Derrick McGary, agent. (Due to Planning and Zoning Commission denial, a 3/4 vote by the City Council is required to approve this request). Public Hearing: September 14, 2015, Second Briefing: September 28, 2015, Council Vote: October 12, 2015

5. Resolution No. 2015-094 ratifying the Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016 budget raising property taxes. Public Hearing: Second Briefing: Council Vote: September 14, 2015

VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. Ordinance No. 2015-079 adopting the budget and appropriating resources for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2016. Public Hearing: August 10, 2015, Second Briefing: August 24, 2015, Council Vote: September 14, 2015.

2. Ordinance No. 2015-082 amending the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1 2012 Bond budget expenditures for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Public Hearing: August 24, 2015, Second Briefing, Council Vote: August 24, 2015

3. Ordinance No. 2015-083 authorizing assignment pay for Police Officers assigned to the duties of Field Training Officer and establishing the rate of pay for said specific duties. Public Hearing: August 24, 2015, Second Briefing: September 14, 2015, Council Vote: September 28, 2015

4. Resolution No. 2015-085 authorizing the City Manager to enter into contracts for the purchase of chemicals for water and wastewater treatment. Public Hearing: August 24, 2015 Second Briefing, September 14, 2015, Council Vote: September 28, 2015

5. Resolution No. 2015-086 authorizing the City Manager to issue a purchase order to Stribling Equipment, LLC of Texarkana, Arkansas for the purchase of a 2015 Model 644K John Deere Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Loader in an amount not to exceed ($225,987.00) with the Texas portion in an amount not to exceed ($139,727.76). Public Hearing: August 24, 2015, Second Briefing: September 14, 2015, Council Vote: September 28, 2015

6. Ordinance No. 2015-087 adopting the tax rate for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Public Hearing: August 24, 2015, Second Briefing: August 31, 2015, Council Vote: September 14, 2015.

Second Breifing Without Updates

1. Ordinance No. 2015-077 rezoning an approximate 2.42 acre tract of land being part of Lot 6 in the West Texarkana Garden Addition, located behind 1004 Alamo Street. Single Family-2 to Planned Development Two-Family-1 and Planned Development Two Family-2. Bertha Germany, applicant. Donnie Sealy, TDC General Contractors, LLC, applicant. Public Hearing: August 10, 2015, Second Briefing: August 24, 2015, Council Vote: September 14, 2015

The public is invited to attend the open portions of tonight's meeting.